Author: Dott.ssa Battistella Melania

Date: 22/04/2020

Does pressotherapy have any contraindications?

In general, this treatment is proposed because it is easy and suitable for all ages, but we must not forget that there are some individuals who can NOT undergo pressotherapy treatment, as in some cases it is not recommended, so there are contraindications to the use of this treatment.  

The most common contraindications for pressotherapy include:

  • deep vein thrombosis
  • infections in the legs or in the areas to be treated
  • severe heart disease
  • individuals with pacemakers
  • physical pain or numbness
  • cancer

How do you know if you fall into the category where pressotherapy is not recommended due to the contraindications?

Before undergoing any pressotherapy treatment it is advisable to consult a doctor who will answer all your questions and be able to provide you with information about the suitability of the treatment and whether there are any contraindications. The doctor, through their diagnosis, will be able to provide you with the answers and offer the best solution for each case.

In general the contraindications to pressotherapy are:

  • Inflammation
  • Tuberculosis
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart failure
  • Presence of pain or numbness

Other contraindications to pressotherapy may include:

  • acute inflammation
  • thrombophlebitis (inflammation of superficial veins from a blood clot)
  • hypertension

Pressotherapy does not present only contraindications; on the contrary, it is generally considered a treatment with few risks and few contraindications.

In cases where there are NO contraindications to pressotherapy: what is pressotherapy?

In aesthetic medicine pressotherapy is a treatment that boasts detoxifying properties, which, through lymphatic drainage, can promote the body's natural detoxification functions, by means of a controlled compression system that works with air pumps.
The revitalisation and oxygenation of the tissues may help to slim and redefine the legs, belly and arms, improving skin tone.
The aim is to stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation to eliminate toxins.
The duration of the treatment can vary but normally ranges from 20 to 30 minutes. Pressotherapy is recommended to fight cellulite and for body shaping.

Uses of pressotherapy when there are no contraindications 

  • Improvement of the circulatory system, as by increasing the oxygen in the body there is a reduction in blood pressure
  • To improve the lymphatic system, allowing for the disposal of toxins and the recovery of cellular function, while at the same time stimulating the immune system
  • To stimulate and tone muscles and joints, helping to relax and relieve fatigue and provide a feeling of general well-being
  • To relax abdominal and intestinal muscles, improving the functioning of the digestive system
  • It may help you lose weight
  • Applications in sports medicine

When there are no contraindications, when is pressotherapy recommended?

Pressotherapy is also generally indicated for:

  • post-operative treatment
  • obesity
  • cellulite
  • water retention problems
  • lymphatic drainage, through which accumulated toxins and fats are removed
  • alleviating rheumatism, migraine headaches
  • pre and post-liposuction
  • anti-stress treatments
  • tired legs
  • localised swelling
  • organic disorders following menopause, such as fluid accumulation, osteoporosis, cellulite, muscle pain, overweight, etc.

What happens during pressotherapy treatment?

It is a minimal-risk, minimally-invasive treatment, which gives a pleasant feeling of relaxation and well-being, according to the doctors who practise it. Pressotherapy can be used on the whole body, especially the abdomen, legs and arms. Pressotherapy uses inflatable tubes that can be placed around the legs, arms and abdomen. A computer-controlled compression system inflates the individual sections of the tubes alternately and continuously. This can improve the circulation of extracellular fluid and increase venous flow (blood flow to the heart). The toxins are naturally eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system.

Pressotherapy in aesthetic medicine, without contraindications

Pressotherapy has its place among aesthetic medicine treatments. The applications of pressotherapy in the aesthetic field are numerous, among the most common are:

  • immediate relief of heavy legs
  • water retention, cellulite and poor circulation
  • body shaping and redefining your figure
  • weight control
  • pre and post-operative liposuction
  • localised oedema with lipolytic action (fat deposits)
  • lymphatic drainage
  • leg pain and swelling
  • venous stasis (stagnation of blood flow in veins / capillaries)
  • blood circulation and cellular oxygenation

There are contraindications to pressotherapy and you must be informed about them before undergoing treatment; your doctor can help you choose the best treatment.  

Dott.ssa Battistella Melania


Dott.ssa Battistella Melania

Medico Estetico

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